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SPORTPESA: WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO REINSTATE GOR, INGWE SPONSORSHIP

On Tuesday 26 April, betting company Sportpesa announced the suspension of sponsorship on AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia following acts of hooliganism witnessed in matches involving the Kenyan Premier League [KPL] titans between Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 April. While issuing the statement, Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri termed it as unfortunate that it had come down to the tough decision hence placing the stakeholders under such circumstances but insisisted that it was time we do something to curb hooliganism which the company fully supports.
However his statement had a lifeline for the clubs with an indication that the package may be reinstated as soon as possible depending on the two club’s official meetings with the company. -We have summoned the officials of the teams to meet within the week and we will reinstate this sponsorship once we are satisfied that actions are being taken to curb this vice that has gripped football, he said.
-Sponsors will not just sit back and watch as our brand is tarnished. I think we have done so much to enhance security but all these will be in vain if the teams cannot control the fans, he added.
In the presser, the Football Kenya Federation [FKF] also stipulated rules to curb hooliganism in the country with Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri referring to the Saturday 16 th April’s match pitting Gor Mahia away to Tusker FC at the Nyayo National Stadium. On the stated match day, the match was forced to stop for a moment after referee awarded the Brewers a penalty and the match pitting AFC Leopards against Ulinzi Stars on Saturday 23 rd April where fans’ protest forced match officials to call it a day on the match’s 80 th minute.
The sponsorship for both teams (AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia ) were to run for five years from 2016.

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